AB de Villiers reacts after his request to make a comeback into the national team was rejected by Cricket South Africa.

AB de Villiers request to make a comeback into the team for World Cup 2019 was rejected by Cricket South Africa (CSA) board. They said it would have been unfair for the other players who put in the hard work in the build-up for the 50-over event.

Linda Zondi, the CSA National Selection Panel convenor, revealed that they previously urged de Villiers against retirement way back in 2018 and also he was even given an option to 'plan and monitor his season' in order to be in the best shape for the big event.

However, Zondi added that de Villiers wasn't keen on getting back to the team with him having to play the home series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan to be considered for World Cup selection. Instead, he chose to sign for T20 leagues of Pakistan and Bangladesh, insisting that he was 'at peace with his decision to retire'.

After his request to make a comeback to the national team was rejected, AB de Villiers urged his followers to back the team in the troubled times, tweeting: "All that is important is that we should focus on supporting our team at the World Cup. There is a long way ahead to go and I believe the boys can still go all the way."

Also Read: Here is the reason why AB de Villiers was rejected by South African Cricket Board to make a comeback into the team for Cricket World Cup 2019.

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